Easy Homemade FUNFETTI® Cake with Vanilla Buttercream

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Homemade Funfetti Cake with Funfetti Frosting — 🎂🎉🍰 This cake is as close to store-bought funfetti cake mix that I’ve been able to replicate at home. I have no shame in admitting my love for that stuff, but it’s nice to be able to pronounce all the ingredients and prep a cake from scratch in literally 5 minutes!

Funfetti Cake with Funfetti Frosting — This cake is as close to store-bought funfetti cake mix that I’ve been able to replicate at home. I have no shame in admitting my love for that stuff, but it’s nice to be able to pronounce all the ingredients and prep a cake from scratch in literally 5 minutes!

I’ve always loved Funfetti. Who can resist all those sprinkles buried in soft, fluffy cake? None of us in my house can.

This homemade funfetti cake has sprinkles in the batter and also has a wall of sprinkles in the funfetti frosting. Sprinkle overload, such a beautiful thing.

The cake and funfetti frosting are both fast and easy to make, and the cake always turn out supremely moist, springy, and fluffy thanks to buttermilk, sour cream, and oil. That trifecta of moisturizing and tenderizing ingredients makes it impossible to have a dry cake!

Funfetti Cake with Funfetti Frosting — This cake is as close to store-bought funfetti cake mix that I’ve been able to replicate at home. I have no shame in admitting my love for that stuff, but it’s nice to be able to pronounce all the ingredients and prep a cake from scratch in literally 5 minutes!

Funfetti Cake Ingredients 

This is such an easy funfetti cake recipe! You’ll need the following basic ingredients:

Cake:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Granulated sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Egg
  • Buttermilk
  • Sour cream
  • Canola oil
  • Vanilla extract
  • Sprinkles 

Funfetti frosting:

  • Unsalted butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • Salt
  • Confectioners’ sugar
  • More sprinkles! 

Note: Scroll down to the recipe card section of the post for the ingredients with amounts included and for more complete directions.

Funfetti Cake with Funfetti Frosting — This cake is as close to store-bought funfetti cake mix that I’ve been able to replicate at home. I have no shame in admitting my love for that stuff, but it’s nice to be able to pronounce all the ingredients and prep a cake from scratch in literally 5 minutes!

How to Make Funfetti Cake from Scratch

 Here’s how this easy homemade funfetti cake recipe comes together: 

  1. Whisk together the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet in another.
  2. Gently stir in the sprinkles. 
  3. Turn the batter into a greased 8×8-inch baking dish and bake until the center is set and not jiggly, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter.
  4. Once the funfetti cake comes out of the oven, let it cool completely before frosting. The homemade funfetti frosting is as simple to make as whipping the ingredients together until light and fluffy! 
Funfetti Cake with Funfetti Frosting — This cake is as close to store-bought funfetti cake mix that I’ve been able to replicate at home. I have no shame in admitting my love for that stuff, but it’s nice to be able to pronounce all the ingredients and prep a cake from scratch in literally 5 minutes!

Baking FAQs

Is Funfetti Cake Just White Cake With Sprinkles? 

Nope! White cake is incredibly light, fluffy, and has such a lovely in flavor thanks to the multitude of egg whites in the batter. Funfetti cake is made with a whole egg, buttermilk, sour cream, and plenty of vanilla to create a richer, moister cake that is — yes — loaded with sprinkles! 

What Flavor is funfetti cake?

Funfetti cake tastes like a richer version of a vanilla cake. It also has a subtle tang to it from the buttermilk and sour cream in the batter.

Can I Substitute the Buttermilk? 

Get your hands on real buttermilk, if possible. Otherwise, you can make a buttermilk substitute in a couple of minutes. You can also use powdered buttermilk, which has a long shelf life and comes in handy for recipes like this funfetti cake. 

What Kind of Sprinkles Are Best for Funfetti Cake? 

I used generic, store-brand sprinkles to make this funfetti cake recipe and they didn’t bleed into the batter at all. Long, skinny sprinkles work best for this recipe. 

How do you prevent sprinkles from bleeding into cake batter?

If you’re concerned with the sprinkles bleeding into the batter, I recommend being very gentle when stirring them in. If you overmix the batter after adding the sprinkles, it may change color. 

Can Cake Flour Be Used Instead? 

I have only make this with all purpose so really can’t say if cake flour will yield the same results with the same measurement of flour or not.

Can I Double This Recipe? 

I’m sure you can. You’d need to double the ingredients listed and bake the funfetti cake in a 9×13-inch pan. Note that your baking time will differ since you’re making a much larger cake. 

Can I Make This Recipe as Cupcakes? 

You probably can, although I haven’t done so myself so I can’t say for sure. If baking this recipe as cupcakes, you’d likely need to bake them for around 18 to 20 minutes. Use your best judgement! 

Can I Make This as a Layer Cake? 

Yes, you likely can double this recipe and bake it in two 8- or 9-inch round cake tins. To be safe, Google the volume of an 8×8-inch baking dish versus an 8- or 9-inch round baking tin to see how much of a difference there is between the two. This way, you’ll know if you need to double the recipe or 2.5x it, and so forth. 

Can I Make This as a Bundt Cake? 

If you’re looking for a funfetti bundt cake recipe, I recommend making this recipe instead. I’ve tested it multiple times and know that it works in a bundt pan. 

Storage and Freezing Instructions

Cake will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days (I’m comfortable storing frosted cakes at room temp, if you’re not store in the fridge) or in the freezer for up to 6 months.  Wrap the cake tightly with plastic wrap before freezing for best results.

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Homemade Funfetti Cake with Vanilla Buttercream

By Averie Sunshine
🎂🎉🍰 This cake is as close to store-bought funfetti cake mix that I’ve been able to replicate at home. I have no shame in admitting my love for that stuff, but it’s nice to be able to pronounce all the ingredients and prep a cake from scratch in literally 5 minutes!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 9
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Ingredients  

Funfetti Cake

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch salt, optional and to taste
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • cup sour cream, lite is okay (plain Greek yogurt may be substituted)
  • ¼ cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sprinkles, or to taste

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • pinch salt, optional and to taste (helps offset the sweetness)
  • 1 ½ to 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, I use 2 cups
  • cup sprinkles, or to taste

Instructions 

Make the Cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, optional salt; set aside.
  • In a separate small bowl, whisk together the egg, buttermilk, sour cream, oil, and vanilla.
  • Add the wet mixture to the dry, mixing lightly with a spoon or folding with a spatula until just combined. Small lumps will be present, don’t overmix or try to stir them smooth.
  • Gently stir in the sprinkles, taking care not to overmix or they could bleed.
  • Turn batter out into prepared pan and bake for about 30 minutes (start checking at 25 minutes), or until center is set and not jiggly, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter.
  • Place pan on a wire rack and allow cake to cool. While cake cools, make the frosting.

Make the Vanilla Buttercream Frosting:

  • To a large bowl, add the butter, vanilla, optional salt, and slowly add the confectioners’ sugar while beating with a handheld electric mixer until smooth and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  • Turn frosting out onto cooled cake, smoothing it lightly with a spatula or offset knife.
  • Evenly sprinkle the sprinkles before slicing and serving.

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Notes

  • Cake will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days (I’m comfortable storing frosted cakes at room temp, if you’re not store in the fridge) or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
  • Cake base adapted from Vanilla Cake with Vanilla Bean Browned Butter Glaze.

Nutrition

Serving: 1, Calories: 523kcal, Carbohydrates: 77g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g, Cholesterol: 53mg, Sodium: 177mg, Sugar: 62g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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    1. I don’t use a scale when baking because none of my recipes are so precise that you need things down to the gram. But about 120-125 grams is what Google tells me.

  1. 2 stars
    I made a dozen cupcakes with this recipe for my daughters birthday. I let her have one early and im really glad that i did. I tasted a bite and it has a flavor more like bread than cake. The texture is great but thats about it. I followed the recipe exactly as stated and am an experienced baker. I thought the recipe looked a little off with the proportions and i wish i had trusted my instincts. Ive never tasted such a bland cake. I guess if youre looking for a flavorless box cake imitation, this is the recipe for you. 

  2. 5 stars
    Delicious, moist fun and easy to make. Added a touch of Amaretto. Served with Sparkling Unicorn ice cream.😀